Stroke Program at Swedish Receives Prestigious National Quality Award - Only Six Hospitals Out of Mo

Stroke Program at Swedish Receives Prestigious National Quality Award - Only Six Hospitals Out of More Than 5,700 Nationwide Chosen for 2005 Ernest Amory Codman Award; Exemplary Stroke Care

SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2005 - Swedish Medical Center today announced it has been awarded the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's (JCAHO) 2005 Ernest Amory Codman Award in the disease-specific category for stroke care. The award is one of health care's most prestigious honors with only six out of the more than 5,700 hospitals nationwide receiving it this year. Swedish is the only West Coast health-care provider to receive the award. The Codman Award recognizes exemplary organizational performance in using process and outcomes measures to improve the quality of care provided to the public.

The medical center began bolstering its Stroke Program in 2001 through intense quality-improvement activities as well as training. Those efforts, and continued advancement in care, have led Swedish to witness a 24-percent decline in the mortality rate of stroke sufferers entering the hospital. In November 2004, the Swedish Stroke Program - a department of the Seattle Neuroscience Institute (SNI) at Swedish Medical Center - became the first program in Western Washington to receive JCAHO's certification as a Primary Stroke Center. Now, the Codman Award further recognizes Swedish for establishing a well-designed and comprehensive program that successfully deploys a coordinated team to assure comprehensive, timely and effective acute stroke care.

"It's a real honor to receive this award and a testament to the expertise, dedication to advancement, and hard work of everyone associated with the care of stroke patients at Swedish," said Swedish Stroke Program Medical Director William Likosky, M.D. "This recognition is a huge accomplishment and a springboard for the Seattle Neuroscience Institute's goal of national recognition for world-class care. We are among the elite programs in the country to have received this recognition, and we couldn't be more proud."

A panel of national experts in quality measurement and improvement selected the six winners based on an evaluation on seven components, including:

  • Leadership involvement
  • Organizational use of performance-measurement data
  • Technical aspects of performance measurement
  • Planning process
  • Performance measurement and analysis of data
  • Performance-improvement action
  • Performance-improvement results

Swedish representatives will be on hand in Chicago Nov. 6 to formally receive the Codman Award.


In 2004, Swedish Medical Center expanded its neuroscience services by establishing the Seattle Neuroscience Institute at Swedish Medical Center. The team of leading neurosurgeons and other specialists are building a world-class institute dedicated solely to the treatment and advancement of neurological disorders for patients in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Formerly known as the Swedish Neuroscience Institute, the name was changed to reflect the program's broader scope and reach. The Swedish Medical Center/Providence Campus has been designated as the hub for the Institute and is being upgraded with four state-of-the-art operating rooms some with neuro-interventional radiology capabilities, and a renovated neuro intensive-care unit. Although the Institute is based at Swedish/Providence, neuroscience research and treatment continues to be a multi-campus program. SNI specializes in the research for and treatment of stroke, movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremors and Tourette's syndrome; epilepsy; child neurological disorders; neuro-ophthalmology; headaches; multiple sclerosis and many other neurological conditions and diseases.

Swedish Medical Center is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health provider in the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of three hospital campuses (First Hill, Providence and Ballard), a new community-based emergency room and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Home Care Services and Swedish Physicians - a network of 12 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, neurological care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit

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